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Take the Insider’s Survey, Enter Drawing to Win $100 Gift Card!

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Upon completion of the 2012 Community Association Managers Survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card! The survey asks about how overhead expenses are straining your community’s purse strings, and will take approximately 5 to 6 minutes to complete. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will never…

Should You Limit Leasing at Your Community?

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Community associations generally prefer that members occupy their own units, rather than lease them to others. But why is it a good idea to limit the leasing of units? Limiting your members’ ability to lease units can keep your community easier for you and your staff to manage on a day-to-day basis and can have…

Condo Residents Can’t Block HVAC Unit Installation

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Medical groups bought three commercial condo units on the mezzanine terrace level of a New York City condominium building below street level. The entrance to the residential portion of the building was separate from the entrance to the medical offices. The purchase agreement permitted the medical groups to install HVAC units on the mezzanine outside…

Should You Install CCTV Cameras in Your Community?

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Install closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras in the common areas of your community only if you have the staff and money necessary to monitor them. While the presence of CCTV cameras in parking lots and other common areas may help reduce crime in these locations, there is a downside—they need to be monitored and, if you…

Don’t Let Hidden Mold Turn Your Community Toxic

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Has mold been discovered in one of the units in your community? Taking steps right away to fix the problem can help you avoid complaints about mold-related illnesses or unsafe living conditions. You should clean up the mold and fix the water problem that caused it. But there could be moisture—which creates a breeding ground…

NYC Condo Owners Can Sue Board for Building Conditions

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Condominium unit owners in New York City recently sued their board of directors for "abhorrent" living conditions. They claimed that there were holes in the floors and damage to walls, railings, and terraces. The board had promised to repair the conditions but had failed to do so. In the meantime, the board had asked the…

Can Developer Convert Senior Community to Mixed-Age Housing?

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That’s the question many Barnegat Bay, N.J., residents are asking as a developer seeks approval to divide a new 305-unit development west of the state’s Garden State Parkway into separate sections targeted to seniors and families, plus a mandated 20 percent affordable housing component. The Barnegat Township planning board has postponed its decision on the…

Insider’s Pop Quiz!

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Question: Your community allows members to park anywhere, but a new member says she wants an assigned parking space because she can’t walk too far. You can’t be accused of a fair housing violation if you: a. Ignore her comment because she didn’t ask for a “reasonable accommodation” for a disability. b. Ignore her comment…